Hamilton Wood Type Wayzgoose 2014

Hamilton Wood Type Museum | Iron Leaf Press

Last weekend was the 6th annual Hamilton Type Museum Wayzgoose. Although I’ve been to many other printing related events (read about the Ladies of Letterpress Type on Cob and Printers Hall), I hadn’t yet made it to Two Rivers, Wisconsin for all the wood type fun at Hamilton.

Hamilton Wood Type Museum | Iron Leaf Press

(L) Wood type wall (R) Old Hamilton Smokestack

I convinced John to come along and we headed for the land of beer and cheese Friday afternoon. We arrived in Manitowoc late that evening and looked forward to Saturday. We took a quick drive up the road to Two Rivers and spotted both the new museum location, along with the old Hamilton Co. smokestack in the distance. Inside there were many familiar faces and lots of new ones too. The industrial space houses their wood type manufacturing equipment, along with lots of wood type, presses, and lots of posters and printed goods decorating the walls.

Hamilton Wood Type Museum | Iron Leaf Press

Inside the Hamilton Wood Type Museum

I arrived just in time to catch the breakout sessions, starting with David Wolske. I have been following his Instagram feed and was excited to see him discuss his “Isotype” method of partial printing. The color and saturation in his prints was something that can’t really be captured digitally.

David Wolske & Jessica Spring | Iron Leaf Press

(L) David Wolske’s print with frisket (R) Jessica Spring’s artist book

Next up was Greg Walters, who shared his incredible collection of foreign type specimens. He spread his books over half a dozen tables and let us pour over the goodies.

Type Specimens | Iron Leaf Press

A very small selection from Greg Walter’s foreign type specimen collection

After a quick lunch with some printer friends, we were back for the afternoon sessions. As part of the Amalgamated Printer’s Association, I’d always admired Jessica Spring’s printing and was excited to hear her talk about her process. Her examples of curved, angular, and circular forms were an eye opener. And I just may be adding her daredevil furniture to my Christmas list.

I ended the breakout sessions with Clint Harvey from the Bacon Factory. Clint flew in all the way from Australia to discuss the state of letterpress in his country and share his enthusiasm for the craft.

Later that evening we gathered for some brews and eats before heading back for the evening speakers, Sandro Berra and Silvio Antiga from Tipoteca Italiana. They discussed printing in Italy and the museum they’ve created there. There were audible gasps while they presented some of their more decorative wood type.

Sunday morning Greg Walters was back to share his collection of light and shade watermarks. I had no idea that watermarks could hold so much detail, or how much artistry and craftsmanship goes into making these types of watermarks.

Hamilton Wood Type Museum | Iron Leaf Press

(L) Light and shade watermarks (R) The stylish Dave Peat

Following Greg’s session came the Dave Peat type giveaway. I had heard about last year’s giveaway from some printer friends, but it was truly a sight to behold. Dave has generously been giving away type and printing goodies, lottery style, to attendees of the Wayzgoose. Although I didn’t come away with any winnings, it was great to see Dave share his enthusiasm (and style) with many printers.

After the giveaway frenzy, we ended the Wayzgoose with a print swap. I may never have wall space again after with all the goodies I collected. Once my arms could hold no more, we said our goodbyes and began the drive back home. I’m hoping to make it back again next year and catch up with old and new printing friends.

For more photos of the event, check out #hwtwayzgoose and #hwtwayzgoose2014 on Instagram.

 

Top 5 Questions about Custom Wedding Invitations

We work with many couples at Iron Leaf Press during their wedding planning. There are so many options for wedding planning these days, that sometimes having too many choices can make one’s head spin. We like to try to make the process as painless as possible, while still creating something that reflects the couple and their big day. Below are the top questions most couples face when beginning the wedding stationery process.

Blush & Gold Wedding Invites | Iron Leaf Press

1. Where do I start?
Many questions come up when you begin working on your wedding paper goods; where do our names go and in what order? Do I need my parents’ names on the invite too? Do I need an inner envelope? What’s the difference between an A2 and A7 envelope? What about an RSVP card? Where should I put my wedding website?

The truth of it is, you can do most anything with invites these days. We’ve seen everything from super formal invitations, to more unconventional sizes, designs, and wording. We can help guide you to find the right mix of wording, design, and enclosures to match your personality and wedding celebration. We chat with each couple about their day and what they are hoping to see with their paper goods to create some unique to them.

Wedding Invitation | Iron Leaf Press

2. When do I need to start thinking about save the dates and invitations?
Save the dates are typically mailed six to eight months in advance of your wedding date. Wedding invites are sent six to eight weeks before your date. To ensure enough time for designing, editing, and producing your paper goods, the process should start at least a month out from your intended mailing date.

3. How much is this going to cost?
Many factors will go into the cost of your paper goods. Quantity, size, and the number of colors, along with number of pieces (invite/rsvp card/map/etc) are the top factors for pricing. Many will hear the word “custom” and fear that the price will be too far out of their budget. We try to work within any budget to get the biggest bang for your dollar. On average, most of our invitations range from $3.00-$8.00/invite.

Gold Letterpress Wedding Invitations | Iron Leaf Press

4. How do I handle addressing these invites?
There are a few different options for applying names and addresses to your invites. Return addresses can be directly printed on to the envelope. Guest names and addresses can be printed as well. Additionally, custom labels can be created and adhered to the envelopes. We also partner with local calligraphers to hand-address envelopes in various calligraphy styles.

5. How much will it cost to mail my invitations?
Once you’ve got your pretty paper goods ready to send out, the last thing you want is a surprise at the post office. Keep in mind that square envelopes and items over 13 oz. will incur additional postage. Envelopes that are thicker than 1/4″ may also incur additional charges. We keep these regulations in mind while designing each invite and work closely with our local post office to ensure your paper goods travel safely through the postal system.

Sweeter Than Honey | Iron Leaf Press

Bonus! What about other paper goods and favors?
Beyond save the dates and invitations, there are many ways to incorporate the look and feel of your invites into other items on the day of your wedding and even after. Programs, menus, and placecards are three of the most common pieces we work on for wedding couples. We also print custom coasters, boxes, and bags as wedding favors. And following the wedding, we love to work on thank you cards and personal stationery.

If you have additional questions about wedding stationery or to request a custom quote, feel free to contact us. We love chatting about weddings!

See You in September

September Events
Somehow summer is gone and its a crisp 50 degrees outside today. September is a very busy month here at the studio. We’ve got lots of new paper goodies debuting at our September shows (and online very soon!). We’ve also got lots of new wedding invite samples to debut at Zazou’s Bridal Show in Dubuque. Hope to see your smiling faces there!

Sat., Sept. 13th | 11AM-5PM | Pear Fair | Mohair Pear, Cedar Falls, IA
Sun., Sept. 14th | 1-4PM | ICM Made Market | Brown Deer Golf Course, Coralville, IA Sun., Sept. 21st | 12-3PM | Zazou’s Bridal Show | 955 Washington St. Dubuque, IA
Sat., Sept. 27th | 9-4PM | Lincoln Hwy. Arts Festival | Uptown Mount Vernon, IA

Midwest & Great Northern Printers Fair

Printers Hall

The 21st Annual Midwest & Great Northern Printers Fair is coming up in less than a month! This will be my 7th year attending the Printers Fair and it holds a special place in my printer heart. (Photo above was taken during the Printers Fair a couple of years back by one of the larger presses they have at Printers Hall)

Iron Hand Press

Printers Hall is a working museum/print shop on the Threshers Grounds in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. They house dozens of presses and equipment, most of which are in working condition. When I was first interested in letterpress, I decided to check out the Printers Fair all those years ago. Eventually, my first press came out of my visit to Printers Hall and the second press came a couple of years later from the same place. Last summer I also attended the Ladies of Letterpress Conference, Type on the Cob, held at Printers Hall.

Printers Hall

While there, I’ve met many printers whom have become good friends and mentors. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Printers Fair and would encourage those interested in learning a bit more about letterpress, to take the trip to Mt. Pleasant in September.

For more info about the events of this year’s Printers Fair, I’ve posted some details here on the Ladies of Letterpress site. Also check out the Old Threshers site for more photos and info about Printers Hall.